How is Pride and Prejudice a realist novel?

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Despite its happy ending, Pride and Prejudice is realistic on many levels. First, it never loses sight of the financial aspects of marriage. Money is of prime importance in the marriage game. Charlotte Lucas, for example, assesses marriage pragmatically as a financial transaction and is quite willing to marry a fool, Mr. Collins, for the financial security and status he offers. She knows she is unattractive and an "old maid" and is, therefore, unlikely to attract a romantic hero who will sweep her off her feet. Mrs. Bennet may behave foolishly, but she is realistic in her panicked understanding that her daughters, who have no dowries or inheritances to count on, will die destitute if they don't find husbands. Lydia is shown to be a fool for running away with a man without money and for risking her reputation to do so. Wickham is unwilling to marry her because she brings nothing financial to the marriage table—until Darcy works out a plan that makes it financially advantageous for Wickham to...

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